New ASM President and Leadership Begin Their Terms

July 7, 2021

Washington, DC - July 7, 2021 - The American Society for Microbiology welcomes a new president,  president-elect, 2 members of the Board of Directors and 4 members of the Council on Microbial Sciences (COMS), who begin serving their leadership terms on July 1.

Steven Finkel, ASM President

Steven Finkel, Professor of Biological Sciences and College Dean of Graduate & Professional Education at University of Southern California, will lead ASM for a one year term as president. 


Colleen Kraft, ASM President Elect

Colleen Kraft, Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Division of Infectious Diseases and associate chief medical officer of Emory University hospital, starts her term as president-elect and will serve as president in July 2022. 

The Board of Directors provides strategic direction to the society, brings ASM’s mission to life and handles all legal, financial and governance matters. 
Fifteen new members will begin their terms serving on ASM’s COMS, the dynamic governance structure that is the key connection between ASM’s members and ASM’s leaders. Diana Vullo and Diana Waturangi will serve as at-large councilors; Shazia Tabassum Hakim, Joe Zackular, Ryan Doster, Erin Field, Dan Wall, Monica Gestal, Heidi Kaplan and Jeffrey Boyd will serve as branch councilors; and Paula Watnick, Gisela Storz, Donna Scholer, M. Sloan Siegrist and Jennifer Herzog will serve as division councilors. 



The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of more than 30,000 scientists and health professionals. ASM's mission is to promote and advance the microbial sciences. 
ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications, educational opportunities and advocacy efforts. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences. 


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